From: Stephen Cullenberg (stephen.cullenberg@UCR.EDU)
Date: Sat Oct 29 2005 - 16:02:42 EDT
Well, I certainly recognize myself in all of the insults that Allin shouts out. Especially apt is the recognition to the easy way to success that working on the terrain of postmodernism brings. Much like the easy success that we all have experienced by working with and in the different traditions of marxism. If hours of research input is a useful metric to define easy, or its inverse, then I would suggest that neither those of us working in the various areas of postmodernism, marxism, or both, qualify for taking the easy road to success. I have tried hard to understand value theory, non parametric econometrics and deconstruction over the years, and I feel to see how the latter is any more transparent or present a set of concepts than the former two "scientific" research areas. Each have their priors and earlier literatures to work through and all take some significant effort, at least they have for me. Neither value theory, non parametrics, nor deconstruction have come naturally to me, but they have come in bits and pieces and after a while. You are lucky indeed if you if you can apprehend, accept, or dismiss any of these ideas so quickly. Think how lucky many of our neoclassical colleagues are in being able to reject value theory without reading more than 10 pages of Marx!
On Fri, 28 Oct 2005, Ian Wright wrote:
Why has this postmodern style of writing become popular in some
Hypothesis: Picking up on and emulating this style requires a fair
degree of intelligence and a fair amount of reading in the style.
So being able to do it is a badge of some sort: membership of the
smart club. On the other hand, acquiring the knack of writing in
this style is much easier than acquiring a good working knowledge of
a (any) scientific discipline, so it's an easier entree to getting
recognition and publishing your work. Not only that, but you get to
feel superior to those toiling in specific scientific disciplines,
since the standpoint of "deconstruction" gives you an Olympian
overview of all human intellectual activity (denials of "privilege"
to particular levels of discourse, blah blah etc, notwithstanding).
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